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New Legal Clinic Looking for Vets Abused by For-Profits, Latest on Camp Pendleton Marine Killed by OC Deputy — Episode #81 of Front & Center: Military Talk Radio with Rick Rogers

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Front & Center: Military Talk Radio w/Rick Rogers

Show No. 81, Sept. 30, 2012

* Robert Muth, lead attorney for the Veterans Legal Clinic at the University of San Diego

Segment 1, Opening

Hello and welcome to Front & Center: Military Talk Radio with Rick Rogers.

San Diego County’s and Southern California’s first and only military talk show, serving more than 700,000 troops, dependents and veteran across the region.

So glad to have you along.

Right at the top of the show I want to tell you about the tuna trip my Army buddy and I took aboard the Ocean Odyssey this week. This is a testimonial for which I am getting nothing.

A 1.5-day trip out of H&M Landing that was nothing short of epic.

We motored all Tuesday night and started fishing Wednesday morning at 6 a.m. in Mexico waters. We hit a few kelp patties and picked up a few nice Dorado.

Then, ladies and gentlemen, we hit the mother load of schooling Yellowfin tuna up to about 25-pounds. This happened at 7 a.m.

For the next two hours the bait never spent more than 15 seconds in the water before getting hit.

It was absolute mayhem on the Cries of “color” and “gaff, get the gaff” mingled with the sound of tails slapping against the deck plates.

I had scales in my hair, blood-spatter all over me and a big smile on my face. What a day. I came home with probably 60 pounds of just amazing Ahi and a little Mahi Mahi.

The tuna bite is just wide open now. Just unreal. Capt. Rick Scott put us right on the fish. Didn’t even have to cast. Just drop your sardine over the side, watch the line peel off for 5 seconds and set the look.

Just want to think Ocean Odyssey Capt. Rick Scott and deckhands Aaron and Desi and galley staff Summer and Johnnie. Just a wonderful trip.

Ah, enough of that. I have to concentrate on the show. But the memory of that fishing trip will last forever.

Please tell Capt. Rick you heard me talk about his boat on Front&Center: Military Talk Radio. Maybe I’ll get a free trip out of the deal.

Music Pause

On today’s show, a summary of defense and military stories making news this week, including the 2,000 U.S. death in Afghanistan and OC DA deciding not to charge a deputy in the death of a Camp Pendleton Marine shot and killed in a bizarre incident in February.

Then an interview with the lead attorney in the brand spanking new Veterans Legal Clinic at the University of San Diego.

The importance of this program cannot be overstated. Not just here in San Diego County but in Southern California.

I also hope to talk to Sam Giovinazzi from the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve about a national hiring initiative called Hero2Hired.

So as always a jammed, packed show for you today. Hope you can stay for the fastest hour in radio.

But if you can’t, Front & Center shows are ready when you are at: www.defensetracker.com.

For your reference, today’s show is episode No. 81. Front & Center: Military Talk Radio shows is  available on iTunes and DAR.FM. Subscription to both are free.

Pause

Before getting to my guests today, let’s take a spin around some stories on Front & Center: Military Headline News.

Front & Center: Military Headline News is sponsored by MiraCosta College with locations in Oceanside and Cardiff.

Real teachers, real classrooms real degrees, which together equal real success for student vets.

That’s MiraCosta College.

Music Bumper

Another bumper crop of stories to bring you this week on Front & Center: Military Headline News.

* In the first “good news” on the suicide front in a while, the Army saw a drop in suicide cases in August. But things still can’t be termed good.

25 soldiers – 16 of them active-duty troops – are thought to have killed themselves last month. That’s down from an all-time high in July of 38 suicides.

The service on pace to surpass 2010 – the deadliest year for suicides in the service – when 305 servicemembers killed themselves.

* The Orange County District Attorney’s office has ruled the fatal shooting last February of a Marine sergeant by sheriff’s deputy Darren Sandberg as justified.

31-year-old Sgt. Manuel Levi Loggins Jr. was shot to death at San Clemente High School after crashing his SUV through a gate of the school’s parking lot, with his 14-year-old and 9-year-old daughters in the back seat.

The OC DA announced Friday that the shooting was justified. Loggins’ widow filed a wrongful death lawsuit in May, accusing Deputy Darren Sandberg of using excessive force.

“Deputy Sandberg believed he needed to use deadly force to protect the children from death or serious bodily injury, and there is significant evidence that his belief was reasonable,” the District Attorney Office’s letter of investigation states.

The suit claims that her husband made no aggressive movements or gestures that would suggest he was armed.

But there is another side to this story that the public had not heard until now that The LA Times did a very good job in capturing.

Both of Loggins’ daughters said their father ran a red light before the crash. One said she heard her father mumbling after he drove into the parking lot. “I was afraid and I think the officer was too, so that’s why he shot him, so we wouldn’t get hurt,” she said.

The children also told investigators that the family was fasting as part of a religious activity. One daughter said their father had gone “berserk” as a result, and had recently stopped prescribed drug to control his attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

One of the children said their father had been acting erratically on the field the day before, at one point yelling: “Get away, Satan!”

There are many aspects to this story that don’t add up for me. I’ll try to find someone who can talk about this for next week’s show.

* A publishing house is reissuing a Navy SEAL novel set in Vietnam that in part inspired author Mark Bissonnette best-seller “No Easy Day.”

“Men in Green Faces,” by former SEAL Gene Wentz and B. Abell Jurus will come out in November. The book, based on Wentz’s experiences in Vietnam, was first released in 1992.

* Citing national security risks, President Obama has blocked a Chinese company from owning four wind farm projects in northern Oregon near a Navy base where the U.S. military flies unmanned drones and electronic-warfare planes on training missions.

It was the first time in 22 years that a U.S. president has blocked such a foreign business deal.

In his decision, Obama ordered Ralls Corp., a company owned by Chinese nationals, to divest its interest in the wind farms it purchased earlier this year near the Naval Weapons Systems Training Facility in Boardman, Ore.

* Here is a story we should all get used to now for when it happens in Afghanistan

Dozens of inmates, most of them al-Qaida suspects, escaped from a prison in Saddam Hussein’s hometown of Tikrit.

The prisoners seized weapons and killed 10 guards in the “bust out.” More like a “staged bust out” if you ask me.

The corruption in Iraq when it comes to breaking out of prisons is notorious. By God, in civilized countries like the United States our improprieties

* A Navy SEAL from Chula Vista fell short of setting a world record for the most pull-ups in a 24-hour period, but he still managed to call attention to a charity that helps the children of fallen special operators.

SEAL David Goggins cranked out 2,588 pull-ups this week. The world record is 4,020.

Just a little more than 6 hours into the pull-up marathon, Goggins was more than half way to his goal. As some point he hurt his wrist and

His effort highlighted efforts to raise funds for the Special Operations Warrior Foundation, a charity that gives college scholarships to the children of fallen special operators.

FirstGiving.com, a website that helps charities raise money, shows Goggins raised $12,030 by the time he stopped his attempt.

* Yet another Navy commander has been relieved of command.

This time Capt. James CoBell III based in Hampton Roads has been relieved.

An investigation found CoBell used subordinates to conduct personal business, verbally abused subordinates and failed to properly account for leave time.

CoBell is the 18th naval commander to be relieved of command this year.

* Veterans Affairs’ new digitized records system is bringing “fundamental improvements” to the agency’s efforts to slash its massive backlog of pending disability compensation claims, The New York Times reported Friday.

Allison A. Hickey, a retired Air Force general who is the undersecretary for veterans’ benefits, has vowed to process all claims in 125 days or less by 2015.

A recent analysis by The Center for Investigative Reporting found the average wait time in June was eight months.

I’ll believe it when it happens.

* An American service member and a U.S. civilian contractor were killed in an insider attack in Afghanistan on Saturday.

Three Afghan soldiers also died in the attack.

The clash occurred at a checkpoint in eastern Afghanistan, according to a provincial police chief.

The incident brings the confirmed U.S. death toll inside Afghanistan to 2,001, according to a CNN account. The deaths include three U.S. civilians.

More than 50 coalition troops have died in so-called “green-on-blue” attacks this year, raising concerns about the stability of Afghan security forces ahead of planned NATO withdrawals in 2014.

* A memorial was held this week a Camp Pendleton for four Marines killed during a recent deployment of 2nd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment troops.

Those remembered were: Cpl. Anthony Servin, Sgt. Wade Wilson, Cpl. Alex Martinez and Lance Cpl. Joshua Witsman.

* An ex-Marine who admitted embezzling more than $116,000 from a Palm Desert-based Marine scholarship fund was sentenced to three years in prison.

Jason Hitt, 36, of Pomona, took the money from U.S. Marine Scholarships of the Desert Cities Inc., a nonprofit that awards scholarships to current and former Marines in the area. He also forged a $6,000 check, according to prosecutors.

* Early next year Marine Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr. is expected to relieve Marine Gen. John Allen as the leader of NATO forces in Afghanistan.

Although Gen. Allen isn’t being fired, tell me what you make of this.

“The president wants somebody who can take a fresh look at the effort in Afghanistan and isn’t an architect of the current strategy,” said David Barno, a retired Army general who headed the war in Afghanistan from 2003 to 2005 and now is a senior fellow at the Center for a New American Security, a Washington think tank.

What’s your hurry, here’s your hat, Gen. Allen.

* Seventy-five percent of military-aged adults nationwide can’t join the military because they haven’t graduated, have criminal records or are obese, according to a report released Friday by Mission: Readiness, a national security organization of more than 300 retired generals, admirals and other senior military leaders who support investments to help youngsters succeed in school and later in life.

* A US Army general is facing sex charges stemming from allegations that got him sent home from Afghanistan this year, US officials say.

Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Sinclair, who is based at Fort Bragg, has also been charged with misusing government travel funds, possessing alcohol and pornography while deployed and mistreating subordinates.

Sinclair had served as a deputy commander for support in Afghanistan.

Some of the allegations involved inappropriate relationships with female subordinates.

Look, Ma, no Drones

* Safety and security concerns might prevent the Federal Aviation Administration from meeting a deadline to allow civilian drones to fly U.S. skies within three years.

The FAA is under pressure from Congress and drone makers open domestic airspace to unmanned aircraft so that they can perform tasks that are too expensive or too risky for pilots.

The biggest market is expected to be state and local police departments. Others interested in using drones are farmers who want help monitoring their thirsty crops, oil companies wanting to keep an eye on pipelines and even real estate agents needing to monitor their properties.

The potential worldwide market for commercial and military drones at nearly $90 billion over the next decade, more than half of that in the U.S.

* Switching subjects, what do you think of vets being enrolled in clinical research?

You can’t open a magazine without finding ads asking for research subjects and often times they are looking for veterans to fill studies.

I got an email from UC San Diego Clinical & Translational Research Institute. The organization needs more vets to sign up for trials.

I am not sure how I feel about this. What are your thoughts?

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